Established in 1997, Azmaya is a Japanese homeware brand that collaborates with traditional artisans across the country to create modern, functional tools for everyday life.
Teacup Yunomi Hagi
|Origin||Hagi, Yamaguchi, Japan|
|Dimensions||Ø6.6 x 8.5cm|
Each piece is handmade and unique, therefore colour, glazing and size may vary slightly
Literally a “utensil for drinking hot water,” the Yunomi is a tall, cylindrical Japanese teacup that is typically made of ceramic and does not have a handle. It is ideal for everyday use for all types of teas – with the exception of Matcha, which is best served in a Chawan tea bowl. Please use both hands when drinking from a Yunomi: one hand around the cup to hold it, and the other underneath to support. Since Japanese teas are served at temperatures below 80°C the Yunomi should not be too hot to handle, and will provide extra warmth to the hands during colder months. For this reason, Japanese teas that are served at higher temperatures, such as Hojicha, Genmaicha, and Bancha are particularly recommended for Yunomi.
Produced in the coastal castle town of Hagi in the Yamaguchi prefecture, Hagi wares are known for their simple, rustic shapes and delicate translucent glazes with fine Kannyu (貫入) crackles, which allow the beauty of the clay to shine through. Like many pottery styles in Japan, the origins of Hagi-yaki are Korean, and was developed in the 17th century. Hagi wares are said to go through seven stages of transformation, slowly changing colour with use, as tea and oils seep into the small glaze cracks.
When using Hagi ware for the first time, soak the item in water overnight to remove dust and odours from the packing material. Since Hagi wares easily absorbs moisture, make sure to let dry completely after washing and before storing to avoid the risk of mould developing. After each use, wash the items by hand with hot water and refrain from using detergent whenever possible, then allow to air dry naturally. As the base of Hagi items are often unglazed, please place a coaster underneath to avoid scratching table tops; if the base is too rough, it can be lightly filed with sandpaper.